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First home win for U16 Girls.

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Killala 2 Ballinrobe Town 1

Killala FC girls opened their first home game of the season strong and successfully, with a cracker of a goal from Alison Munnelly within the first 8 minutes resulting in a 2-1 win over Ballinrobe. Holding a majority of the possession throughout the first half, center midfielder Aoileen Collins smashed the top corner of the goal with a superb free kick from outside the box, sealing the second goal for Killala before half time. With another strong start to the second half, fantastic balls played through by Captain Grainne McHale, Jacinta Munnelly, Caoimhe Reilly and goal scorer Collins gave striker Alison Munnelly many opportunities to have a crack at the impressive Ballinrobe Goalkeeper, but none of which hit the back of the net. With left back Karen Lawlor making great runs down the wing, the Killala girls created great havoc for the Ballinrobe defenders. With five minutes left until full time, Ballinrobe managed to sneak a goal past Killala’s keeper Emma Munnelly, who had already made some very impressive saves throughout the 80mins. New recruits Ailbhe Reilly, Shannon Cummins, Ailbhe Murray and Poppy Bradley are showing great potential and are breaking nicely into the squad. Let’s hope the girls keep up this unbeaten season when they play away to Castlebar Town next Tuesday.
Team: Emma Munnelly, Karen Lawlor, Megan Bilbow, Grainne McHale, Sarah Boyde, Caoimhe Reily, Chloe Greham, Aoileen Collins, Jacinta Munnelly, Ailson Munnelly and Ailbhe reilly. Subs: Rachel Munnelly, Shannon Cummins, Ailbhe Murray and Poppy Bradley.

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U17 Womens Cup Final

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Killala 3 Manulla 0

The curtain came down on the Mayo Women’s League with the Under 17 League Cup final between Manulla and Killala. Manulla were the inaugural winners of the competition in 2009 and were looking to retain the trophy. The game, played in Manulla, started at a frantic pace, with international star Aileen Gilroy looking dangerous when going forward. Indeed, the Under 17
World Cup star opened the scoring after 15 minutes when she sidestepped a challenge 25 yards out from the Manulla goal and rifled a low, left-foot shot into the bottom corner.
Killala doubled their lead 10 minutes later when a Manulla clearance rebounded off Jacinta Munnelly and looped over the head of the stranded Manulla ‘keeper, Orla Dempsey.
Manulla struggled to get a grip in midfield and Gilroy doubled her tally and gave Killala a three-goal cushion just before half time when she volleyed home from the edge of the box.
The second half was a different story. Manulla pushed Stacy Frayne into a more forward position and began to get a grip at midfield. Laura Mannion looked capable of reducing the arrears, but there were few clear-cut chances.
Manulla’s Aoife Brennan worked hard to retain possession around the midfield area, whileHannah Flatley worked tirelessly up front until replaced.
But with the power and craft of Aoileen Collins and Gilroy, Killala always looked dangerous.
The game could have changed in the first half when Collins was booked for a reckless challenge that was late and high, but she got enough of the ball to warrant just a yellow card.
Killala were reduced to 10 shortly before the end when Sorcha McGee was red carded for a second bookable offence, but the game was secure at that time.
Michael Jennings presented the Under 17 cup to Killala captain Aileen Gilroy, while Jeremy Dee presented the most valuable player award to Killala’s full back Aoife Munnelly who didn’t set a foot wrong all day.

Manulla 0
Killala 3

Killala: Emma Varley, Aoife Munnelly, Grainne McHale, Martina Walker, Ailish Healy, Niamh Collins, Alana Naughton, Jacinta Munnelly, Aileen Gilroy, Sorcha McGee, Aoileen Collins, Karen Lawlor, Megan Bilbow, Elaine Lowther.

Manulla: Orla Dempsey, Siobhan Wilson, Stacy Frayne, Aisling Roughneen, Emma Devaney, Laura King, Louise Dempsey, Aoife Brennan, Lisa Durkan, Laura Mannion, Hannah Flatley, Aoife McHugh, Louise Holian, Catherine O’Connor, Siobhan Kelly, Alice Byrne, Rachel King.

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FAIS U18 National Cup Final

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14 February 2010

Report courtesy of Michael Gallagher (Western People)

St Patrick’s College, Lacken Cross 6 – 1 St. Kilian’s Deutsche Schule Dublin

Back in the mists of time when the people of Lacken spoke to St Patrick in a dream, the great man surely never imagined that the famed coastal community would produce a team of football magicians.

On Friday last a band of young ladies traveled from that ancient land in search of silverware. They journeyed to Longford in the centre of the island to face the might of Leinster in a battle to be crowned Ireland¹s best and returned with their booty later that evening

The concession of a goal after just five minutes threatened to rock the Mayo girls to their foundations but they settled to their task, drew level, took the lead and raced to glory.

Up in the stands the youngsters from Lacken, Killala, Kilfian and Ballycastle gloried in the style and skill of their team as the girls in green demonstrated why they¹re so highly rated.

Their star player, Irish international, Aileen Gilroy, almost opened the scoring after just eight seconds when she raced through on goal but she tried to be too precise and the ball licked the post as it rolled wide.

That miss looked costly five minutes later when St Kilian’s centre-forward Anna Heisterkamp volleyed home a fine goal from the edge of the box after Lacken failed to deal with a corner from the left from Chloe Mustaki.

The goal rocked Lacken Cross and it took them some time to get into their rhythm, but they persisted. Elaine Lowther led her team¹s fightback and on three occasions the team captain very nearly hit the net only to be denied by Kilian’s goalkeeper, Ellen Nolan.

Lacken continued to drive forward in search of the equaliser and with Rachel Healy, Niamh Collins and Sorcha McGee building a foundation in midfield they peppered Nolan¹s goal.

Kilian’s had ten behind the ball as they tried to hold back the Mayo waves but it was a futile exercise and after 27 minutes the dam burst. Aileen Gilroy ran 20 yards through the heart of the Dubliners defence and almost tore the net off its rigging with a shot that Nolan didn¹t even see.

Six minutes later Lacken were in front when Aoileann Collins drilled home after seeing her initial effort saved by Nolan. The lead was doubled shortly afterwards when a sweeping move ended with Aoileann Collins bending in a cross from the right and Gilroy driving home a header from six yards.

That left the Mayo girls 3-1 in front at the break and it was hard to envisage a recovery for the Dublin girls.

The Mayo defenders were in superb form with Emma Loughney, Sarah Farrell, Martina Walker, Ailish Healy and Siobhan Kearney not giving their opponents any time or space in which to express themselves and that enabled the Lacken attackers concentrate on the business end of matters.

Six minutes after the break the result was decided when Gilroy dug out a superb cross from the right and Aoileann Collins got in front of two Killian¹s defenders to send a header to the roof of the net.

Gilroy was in sparkling form and led her markers on a merry dance with stunning runs and threatening shots. She almost had another goal in the 54th minute when she left three defenders in her wake but her effort just cleared the crossbar.

Aoileann Collins grabbed her hat-trick in the 63rd when she raced onto a Gilroy through-ball and slipped her shot into the net under Nolan’s despairing dive.

Fittingly, Gilroy also notched her hat-trick when she danced and dodged past four tackles and drilled home her side’s sixth goal in the 70th minute as the girls from the ocean readied themselves for a return to the ancient land proudly carrying their golden treasure.

ST PATRICK’S LACKEN CROSS: Emma Loughney, Sarah Farrell, Martina Walker, Ailish Healy, Siobhan Kearney, Rachel Healy, Niamh Collins, Sorcha McGee, Elaine Lowther, Aileen Gilroy, Aoileen Collins

Subs; Grainne McHale for Kearney (inj, 53), Emma Tomas and Sharon Killeen for

A Collins and A Healy (72)

ST KILIANS DEUTSCHE SCHULE: Ellen Nolan, Charlotte Beer, Molly Brady, Chloe Mustaki, Alexandra Gonzalez, Lisa-Marie Urban, Justine Elferte, Sadhbh Hoban-Logan, Julie Martinez, Anna Heisterkamp, Vesna Pepping

Subs; Rianne Rowan for Elferte (47), Mary O¹Toole for Pepping (55), Ashley Tremblay for Urban (70)

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U18 All Ireland Semi Final schools

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Lacken Cross overcome St. Mary’s of Newport

05 February 2010

St. Patrick’s College in Lacken Cross had a comprehensive victory over Tipperary side St. Mary’s in the UMBRO FAI Schools Senior B Girls National Semi Final last week which was played at Terryland Park, Galway.

Stephen Lacken’s team were assured easy access to the All Ireland Final after an array of first half goals courtesy of Aileen Gilroy (5), Aoileann Collins (4), Rachael Healy and Niamh Collins.

St. Mary’s put up a gallant effort with some superb defending by Eilish Ryan and Claire Cunningham. Unfortunately the onslaught was too much for the Tipperary defence at times.

Sarah Berkery was very strong up front for the Munster Champions but the final ball failed to deliver any real goal scoring opportunities for St. Mary’s.

The second half was matched by further goals from top goalscorer Aileen Gilroy (2), Aoileann Collins, Elaine Lowther (4), Martina Walker and substitute Sharon Killeen.

The impressive St. Patrick’s College will now face St. Killian’s DSD in the All Ireland Final which is scheduled for Friday, 12 February at Flancare Park, Longford (KO 1pm).

St. Patrick’s College: Emma Loughney, Siobhan Kearney, Sarah Farrell, Martina Walker, Ailish Healy, Elaine Lowther, Sorcha McGee, Niamh Collins, Rachel Healy, Aileen Gilroy, Aoileann Collins

Subs: Emma Tomas, Grainne McHealy, Sharon Killeen

Teacher: Stephen Lacken. Coach: Peter McDonnell

St Mary’s Secondary School: Aoibheann Flyod, Eilish Ryan, Sarah McCauliffe, Patricia O’Donovan, Claire Cunningham, Ashling Mulryan, Cliona Breen, Carol Berkery, Sarah Moloney, Sarah Berkery, Anne Kennedy

Subs: Ashling Bradley, Eimear O’Brien, Niamh Ryan, Katie Holmes, Megan Carey.

Teacher: Micheal Lenihan

Referee: Trevor Conlon (Galway)

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Mayo U16 Girls Cup Final

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Kilala 3 Manulla 0

The Killala girls finished off their most succesful season to date with this comprehensive victory over holders Manulla at Milebush Park on Saturday.Killala started and finished the game on the offensive and only for the heroics of the Manulla keeper Orla Dempsey,  the deficit between the two teams would have been much greater. Inside the first 20 minutes she saved from Aileen Gilroy ( twice ) Aoileen Collins, Alanna Naughton &  Niamh Collins  as Killala dominated proceedings  and peppered the Manulla goal. After half an hour though the girls finally made the breahthrough when a perfect through ball from Niamh Collins tempted Dempsey out and Rachel Healy won the race and finished to the net with an equisite chip. With the halftime score at the minimum Manulla were lucky to be still in it and Killala knew that another goal would give them the cup. The secondhalf started much similar to the first with Killala having all the ball  and a screamer from 30 yds being from Sorcha McGee being tipped over by the keeper. it was all Killala now and long range efforts from Aileen Gilroy and Niamh Collins  were all stopped by the in form Dempsey and Alanna Naughton  had two great chances  to seal it . Manulla did get a shot off  on the hour mark but the ever alert Emma Varley easily dealt with it. It was after this that Killala struck the killer goal , the excellent Killala defense  broke up a Manulla attack and released Aileen Gilroy on the half way line and she outpaced the Manulla defence to score the second. Alanna Naughton wrapped it up minutes later when she scored a well deserved goal to cap a brilliant personal performance. Captain Elaine Lowther filling in at left back along with fellow defenders Martina Walker, Eilish Healy and Aoife Munnelly were the rock that this victory was built on and their competence gave the freedom to the rest of the team to carry the game continuously to the opposition. Team Emma Varley, Aoife Munnelly, Martina Walker, Eilish Healy, Elaine Lowther, Rachel Healy, Niamh Collins, Sorcha McGee, Alanna Naughton, Aileen Gilroy, Aoilean Collins Subs Graine McHale, Karen Lawlor, Emma Loughney Jacinta Munnelly

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Mayo Cup Semi Final

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Killala 11 Westport Utd 1

Killala girls came out top in this semi final match played at Courthouse St. on Sunday. Despite missing a number of players who were on Connaught schools duty in Athlone it was a quite comfortable win for the home side who gave starting debuts to Jacinta Munnelly and Grainne McHale at U16 level and both girls were excellent. Goals from Alanna Naughton (3) Aileen Gilroy (4) Sorcha McGee 1 Elaine Lowther 1 Jacinta Munnelly 1 and Karen Lawlor 1 put Killala through to the Final where Manulla await. Team : Emma Varley Sioban Kearney, Martina Walker, Aoife Munnelly, Grainne McHale, Alanna Naughton, Elaine Lowther, Sorcha McGee Rachel Healy,Jacinta Munnelly Aileen Gilroy Sub Karen Lawlor

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U16 Girls Premier

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Killala 13 Ballina Town 0

This was an easy end of season win for the Killala girls as they used it for a warm up for next weeks cup semi final against Westport. a goal after only 4 seconds from Aileen Gilroy set the tone for the match and when Rachel Healy made it 2.0 a minute later it didnt look good for the visitors. Aileen Gilroy (6) Niamh Collins (3) Elaine Lowther (2) Rachel Healy (2) Aoileen Collins (1) Alanna Naughton (2) were the scorers in this one sided game. Team Emma Varley, Grainne McHale Martina Walker, Sorcha McGee,Ailish Healy, Elaine Lowther, Rachel Healy , Niamh Collins, Alanna Naughton, Aileen Gilroy, Aoileen Collins Sub Karen Lawlor

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WFAI Womens U16 Cup Final

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KILLALA’S heroic cup run finally came to an end in Castlebar on Sunday but unfortunately there was no jubilation at the finish. The young Killala girls had made themselves a force to be reckoned with right from the start of the competition.

They had come through numerous battles, scoring great goals and beating high profile teams such as St Francis, Dublin and Wilton United, Cork but their final pairing with Stella Maris FC was a bridge too far. The Dublin team were deserving winners, they passed the ball better and were more clinical in front of goal.

Stella Maris were given a platform on which to build when scoring after just two minutes and hard as they tried, Killala just could not recover. A corner-kick was swung in dangerously by Rosanne Maguire and broke to the edge of the box where Stella’s Lisa Murphy was waiting to crash the ball to the net. It was a super strike and gave Killala goalkeeper Emma Varley no chance.

Stella Maris applied some further early pressure, especially down the left wing, but Killala were defending extremely well and clearing their lines without much difficulty, despite a few half chances falling to Rosanne Maguire and Deidre Mulligan.

Killala did look dangerous on the break but the Stella Maris defence was superb all day, and did exceptionally well to deal with the pace and trickery of duo Aileen Gilroy and Aoileen Collins. The pair fashioned a couple of half chances as the half developed but nothing that troubled Ashling Dyer in the Stella goal.

Killala were well in the game midway through the first half, they were tackling hard in the centre and the diligence of their two wingers Alanna Naughton and, in particular, Elaine Lowther to their defensive duties was admirable. Stella’s second goal arrived on 30 minutes however, and was pretty much unstoppable, an absolutely stunning piece of play that originated at left back in a sweeping move up the pitch.

Left back Dayna McDonald started the move, played a neat one two and added a back heel to the mix before the ball was crossed excellently by Lisa Murphy and headed in by the centre forward Nadine Hughes. It was a move that would have graced any venue and it put Stella Maris in a great position as they held a two goal lead at half-time.

Killala, to their credit, didn’t give up and pushed hard after half-time in search of something that would get them back into contention, but again the Stella Maris defence held firm and denied them any clear cut chances, breaking at speed whenever the ball broke down.

Killala had battlers all over the field with Martina Walker at the back doing particularly well to stop a lot of Stella Maris attacks. Elaine Lowther and Aileen Gilroy were doing their very best in the attacking third and got a few shots away but their industry was not enough to break the Stella guard, as the Dubliners looked technically superior and a lot more comfortable on the ball in all areas of the park.

Killala kept surging forward but they still couldn’t penetrate the Stella box. Corners and free-kicks always looked promising but there was no bounce that favoured them on the day.

With five minutes remaining on the clock, Stella Maris bagged their third goal whish settled the tie once and for all. This time it was player of the match Niamh Kearney who got on the score sheet. Killala were caught with numbers forward when eventually the ball ended up with Stella’s Sarah Miley on the right wing. She flashed a pass across the goal low and hard towards the back post where it was mishit by two Stella players before Kearney provided the decisive finish.

It was a very disappointing end for Killala, but they can take pride in the fact that they put up a very gutsy performance and were only defeated by an extremely skilful Stella Maris side.

KILLALA: Emma Varley, Siobhan Kearney, Martina Walker, Ailish Healy, Sarah Farrell, Elaine Lowther, Sorcha McGee, Niamh Collins, Alanna Naughton, Aileen Gilroy, Aoileen Collins. Subs. Rachel Healy and Aoife Munnelly (for A Collins and Kearney).

STELLA MARIS: Ashling Dyer, Dayna McDonald, Olivia Smart, Nadine Hughes, Rosanne Maguire, Deidre Mulligan, Sarah Miley, Eve O Farrelly, Lisa Murphy, Sinead Farrelly, Niamh Kearney. Subs: Kirsty Hogan (for Deirdre Mulligan).

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Mayo Girls U16 Premier Division

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Killala 11 Kilmore o
Killala clinched the league tiltle in style as they overcame an understrengh Kilmore side at Courthouse St. on Tuesday night. Star of the show was striker Aoileen Collins with seven goals and a brace by Alanna Naughton and one apiece from Karen Lawlor and Rachel Healy rounded off the scoring. Team Emma Loughney, Sioban Kearney Sorcha McGee, Ailish Healy , Meghan Harte, Rachel Healy,Niamh Collins,Aoife Munnelly, Elaine Lowther, Aoileen Collins ,Alanna Naughton Subs, Tanya Walsh, Grainne McHale, Karen Lawlor. Martina Walker, Jacinta Munnelly and Aileen Gilroy

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U16 Girls Premier Division

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Ballyvarry BB 1 Killala 7
In this battle between first and second place teams it was the Killala girls who came out best and moved 5 points clear of their hosts by virtue of this emphatic win at the Ballyvarry sports grounds last night. on a very mucky pitch Killala hit the front when Aoife Munnelly played in Elaine Lowther and her low cross was finished off by Aoileen Collins. The homeside equalised 10 minutes later but then Killala had their purple patch and Alanna Naughton hit the post 3 times and Rachel Healy hit it once before Niamh Collins volleyed the visitors in front just before half time with a tremendous strike from 25yards to leave the score 2-1 in her teams favour at the break. Killala continued their dominance for the second period and Aoileen Collins completed her hat trick and Substitute Aileen Gilroy also grabbed 3 in a second period completly dominated by the much stronger Killala Girls. Team Emma Loughney,, Sioban Kearney Martina Walker, Ailish Healy, Elaine Lowther, Rachel Healy, Niamh Collins, Sorcha McGee ( Capt.) Aoife Munnelly, Aoileen Collins, Alanna Naughton Subs . Meghan Harte, Tanya Walsh, Aileen Gilroy, Karen Lawlor,Grainne McHale, Jacinta Munnelly

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